Friday, October 24, 2008

District III Marching Band Festival

There is an event coming up that I miss every year and I am not going to miss it this year. The reason I miss it every year is because I never know about it until it's over.  Does that ever happen to you?  This event is a competition between the local high school marching bands and drill teams.  It's called the District III Marching Band Festival and it's been going on for 45 years.  On Sunday morning, the Idaho Statesman does a big layout in the their local section about the competition and the results.  It is then that I realize, dang it, I missed it again.  

Fortunately, this year I was determined not to let that happen.  I am so glad I found this on idahostatesman.com and I thought I would share it with you.  The competition starts tomorrow at the Bronco Stadium.  Gates open at 1 pm where you can purchase your ticket.  Adults are $7 and students and seniors are $5.  

The first school performs at 2pm.  The schools I am interested in watching start at 5:45. I hope that didn't sound snobbish.  You can certainly go at 1:00 but it makes for a long day.  The competition ends around 8:30, then the BSU Blue Thunder Marching Band performs, and then at 8:45ish the trophies are awarded.  And they are big trophies.   Click here to see a list of the participating high schools and what time they are performing, I guess competing.

If you go dress warm and bring lots of blankets.  

Oh you are going to love this dumb factoid about myself.  In 1992, I had the privilege of being part of the Centennial High School Marching Band and Drill team.  When we competed in District III that year, we beat Capital High School!!  Now that may not sound like it is a big deal, but I think they had, like, an 18 year winning streak that we had just broken.  And that of course was our only goal.  Beat Capital.  And we did.

7 comments:

JoJo said...

How I found your blog is irrelevent, but we are kindred band spirits at heart. The same thing happens to me, I hear about D-III after it happens. I played in the Centennial Marching Band also, carrying on the winning tradition you started! I hear that they haven't been doing so well these last few years...

So anyway, thanks for the info, if I knew what you looked like I would say "Maybe I'll see ya there!" :)

Amanda said...

Jojo, I've heard the same thing. Two days ago I was talking about this with someone and they said Nampa is now the school to beat. I was like Nampa? Really? They also said the small schools like Fruitland are really good. Really? I am feeling so out of touch lately. And really old.

I must confess that I was on the drill team--not the band. But if I had to do it all over again, I would have been in the band. They were MUCH NICER to each other.

Camille said...

Hehe... Love that we beat Capitol. HAve fun at the competition!

Heather Carringer Lemon said...

Yeah we totally rocked! I know for a fact we won FIRST till at least 2000. That is when both myself and my sister were apart of it all. Good times. And let me tell you too Amanda I had more friends outside the Drill Team than actually on it. I just loved to dance so much I didn't care what they said.

A few years back a friend of mines little sister came running up to me bragging how Nampa finally defeated our winning streak.

Amanda said...

Thanks for your comments Camille and Heather.

Kaylynn said...

WOW - woman you have been BUSY! I can't keep up. How fun that you say bring blankets! It's like 87 degrees here today. I would give anything to feel like FALL! Right now my husband is making planter boxes for our garden - IN OCTOBER!!!!

Amanda said...

Kaylynn, that's too funny. I'm headed outside to rake leaves, prune bushes, cover the sandbox, and throw away the dead vines in the garden box.

Too bad we can't trade places when you want a fall day and I want a summer day.